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The following Certification Maintenance Program requirements have recently been approved by the Board of Governors for the certification as Pathologists' Assistant, PA(ASCP):

45 points required during a three-year period

  • 1 point in safety
  • 20 points in anatomic pathology
  • Remaining points in the area(s) of anatomic pathology, management, education or other clinical specialties

AAPA Fellows who completed the transfer application for ASCP certification as Pathologists' Assistants, PA(ASCP) will be required to participate in this program.

Required Fee:

The ASCP BOC Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) costs $95 for three years * (paid to the ASCP).  This is REQUIRED to maintain your certification as a PA(ASCP).

Optional Fee:

ASCP membership, which costs $99 annually*, is OPTIONAL. You DO NOT have to be an ASCP member to maintain your certification through ASCP.

For more information:

Certification maintenance and CE requirements:  

ASCP CMP Booklet:   

Rae Rader, PA(ASCP)CM, BOT Adjunct ASCP Liaison

The Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) and certification renewal have generated questions and concern from some of our members.  To address these issues the ASCP Board of Certification (formerly Board of Registry) has taken steps to streamline the renewal process (it’s all on-line now) and is dedicating additional customer service staff to field questions.

* All fees are subject to change by the ASCP BOC. 

The AAPA is an approved provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences through the ASCLS PACE program.
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